Jay Cutler’s massive contract extension a few years ago confused many and his benching last season compounded that. On his best day, he’s nowhere near elite although you’d never be able to tell by his contract.
Even though he’s guaranteed about $25 million over the next two years, Cutler will face an open quarterback competition when Bears camp opens.
When the Chicago Bears met with Jay Cutler early this month, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that they left the room convinced they had to pick up the quarterback’s $10 million option for 2016.
Coach John Fox’s commitment falls short of that often provided for franchise quarterbacks of Cutler’s contract level, however.
Although Cutler will top the offseason depth chart by dint of his experience edge, Fox made it clear Wednesday that the Bears will have an “open competition” at quarterback.